As a part of its ongoing multifarious community outreach programmes, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, UK, (BAPS) raised £12,000 for Breast Cancer Care (BCC) during the recent BAPS Centenary Celebrations at Wembley Arena in London. A special cheque presentation evening was held at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London, on Saturday 20 October 2007, in recognition of this inspiring charity initiative.
Emily Pegg (BCC Head of Services for London and the South) and Davina Green (BCC Outreach and Information Manager for London and the South) arrived at 7.30pm and were welcomed by Mrs Rena Amin before being taken on a brief tour of the Mandir.
The programme commenced with a short speech of gratitude from the BCC executives, both of whom praised BAPS’ generous efforts in raising funds and awareness for this worthy community cause. Both women were then presented with a bouquet of flowers before the main presentation of the cheque.
Ms Pegg and Ms Green were also presented with a souvenir gift as a memento of their visit to the Mandir and were then escorted to a smaller meeting with leading BAPS volunteers where they shared their experiences of the evening and discussed the work of BCC and future opportunities of collaboration with BAPS. Ms Pegg thanked BAPS again for raising so much money, which she added was a really great effort and very worthwhile for Breast Cancer Care, UK.
BAPS and BCC have agreed to continue fostering this new relationship to raise awareness of breast cancer within the UK, especially among the Indian community.